How often have you slapped shampoo on your hair, quickly scrubbed and rinsed and thought your hair was clean? You may think you’re shampooing right, but unfortunately that’s not the way to get your hair squeaky clean. People who don’t wash their hair properly don’t get their hair truly clean. If your hair doesn’t get a good clean daily, it ends up covered in your styling products or leftover shampoo and conditioner. This product buildup leads to dullness and lack of shine over time.
Follow these hair washing hacks and you’ll make a genuine difference in your hair health as well as its manageability, shininess and maximum luster.
Brush your hair before you get in the shower. Your hair is stronger when it is dry. Get those tangles out of your hair before getting your hair wet. If you need to brush through tangles when wet, be careful! Wet hair is delicate and can break easily.
Hair should be thoroughly wet before adding shampoo. Warm water will open the cuticle, which is good for removing any dirt or product trapped in the hair.
Condition first! Well, sometimes! If you have long hair, try to condition it first. If your hair falls beneath your shoulders, protect its fragile ends from drying out and becoming more damage by running a small amount of conditioner through the ends. Lightly rinse before any shampooing. This not only will keep ends healthy, it will fill any holes in the cuticle with moisture, making the hair smoother and enhancing shine.
Don’t use fists full of shampoo! A big mistake many women make is using too much shampoo. Look at how much you’re using. Then, cut that amount in half. Try to use only about the size of a nickel (quarter for longer and thicker hair). That’s all you need! A quality shampoo removes dirt and oil from your hair while holding onto their essential oils and lipids you need to prevent dryness and breakage.
Don’t scrub too hard! Vigorously massaging shampoo roughs up the cuticle, causing frizz, fly away hairs and minuscule tangles. Don’t use circular motions, which can tangle your hair.
Lather from roots to ends. The hair closest to the scalp is the youngest and will be the oiliest while the end of the hair is the oldest and usually driest, most fragile part of the hair. First, rub the shampoo between your hands with a little water to emulsify it. After emulsifying the shampoo, the product will turn white and bubbly in your hand. Then, gently massage the roots with your fingertips and run what’s left through the length of your hair.
Rinse & repeat! This is the most important rule in shampooing! The first wash removes excess dirt and grime. The second wash gets your hair squeaky clean. The second shampoo also is the time to really get your shampoo right into the roots and create a proper lather. Gently rub the down the rest of your hair and get the mid-length through the ends clean.
Rinse your hair really well! Get the shampoo fully out of your hair so your conditioner can do its tricks. If your shampoo is truly clean, you should feel a squeaky sound when rinsing out your scalp (yes, you’ll hear a squeak!). Then, gently squeeze the excess water out of your hair.
Now you’re conditioner ready!
An extra word of warning – skip the sulfates!
Sulfates are detergents that give shampoo its foamy lather. But these detergents, strip your scalp of your natural oils and dry out your hair. Sulfates also can strip hair of color. This is why your $200 hair dye doesn’t keep its color. Shampoos without sulfates keep the cuticle tighter, which prevents color fading. Ignore sulfates and use a shampoo without any harsh ingredient
These hair washing hacks will have you on your way to gorgeous flowing healthy locks!
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